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Metal News for July 24, 2012

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41 news articles posted on this day.

Daylight Dies Reveals New Album Details

Candlelight Records today confirms October 9th as the North American release date for Daylight Die’ new album, "A Frail Becoming." Mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), the album features photography from award-winning Jonathan Mehring and packaging design by Agni Kaster. The release of "A Frail Becoming" silences a nearly four-year writing gap from the quintet.

“A Frail Becoming is an album which, at many times during its creation, felt as if it may never be realized,” states drummer Jesse Haff. “As each of our lives proceeded down different paths, the challenges and obstacles we faced felt daunting and at times impassible. Out of this struggle we forged ahead, determined to write the best collection of music we've ever created. Thankfully our perseverance prevailed and A Frail Becoming stands as the most accomplished and varied album of our career.”

Recording of "A Frail Becoming" commenced in late 2011. Bassist/vocalist Egan O’Rourke coordinated capturing individual performances of Haff, guitarists Barre Gambling and Charley Shackelford, and vocalist Nathan Ellis. By year’s end, the raw tracks were ready for Bogren’s critical touches. Haff notes, “While still sounding distinctly Daylight Dies, each songs stands independently on its own, uncompromisingly representing a reflection of the moment in time they were each born in. Expect beautiful and haunting guitar-driven dark metal, enveloped by a wall of rhythms and textures one minute, and deeply expressive guitar leads, solos and acoustic passages the next.”

The album's track listing is:

1. Infidel
2. The Pale Approach
3. Sunset
4. Dreaming of Breathing
5. A Final Vestige
6. Ghosting
7. Hold On To Nothing
8. Water’s Edge
9. An Heir to Emptiness

Daylight Dies is also currently working on a video for the song "Dreaming of Breathing." The clip is being filmed by Ramon Boutviseth, who also directed "Lies That Bind,” a video filmed shortly after the release of 2006’s "Dismantling Devotion."

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Sylosis Releases New Album In-Studio Video

Sylosis has just released the first in-studio documentary clip for the band's new album "Monolith," which is due out October 9th (October 5th in Europe). Check out this first part of the behind the scenes series in the player below. The album's track listing is:

01. Out From Below
02. Fear The World
03. What Dwells Within
04. Behind The Sun
05. The River
06. Monolith
07. Paradox
08. A Dying Vine
09. All Is Not Well
10. Born Anew
11. Enshrined More...

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All Hail The Yeti Releasing Self-Titled Album

Los Angeles act All Hail The Yeti will be releasing a self-titled album via AFM Records on August 17th, 2012 in Europe and August 27th in North America. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is:

1. Deep Creek
2. When the Sky Falls
3. Suicide Woods
4. The Weak and Wounded (Prelude to Flames)
5. After the Great Fire
6. Bloodguilt
7. The Art of Mourning
8. I Am Wendigod
9. Axe Murder Hollow
10. Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)
11. Judas Cradle More...

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Hooded Menace Streaming New Album's Title Track

Death/doom powerhouses Hooded Menace are gearing up to unleash "Effigies of Evil," their first effort for Relapse Records, on September 11th.

Now, fans have their first taste of music from the record as the band has partnered with AOL Noisecreep to unleash the album's title track, "Effigies of Evil." Click here to listen to the song.

Hooded Menace has scheduled a few live outings in Europe. Don't miss your opportunity to see the band on these dates:

August 18 - Helsinki, Finland @ Lepakkomies (w/ Horse Latitude)
August 30 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Kill-Town Death Fest
November 17 - Madrid, Spain @ Sala El Grito (w/ Dead Congregation) More...

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Drone Streaming New Song

Today Drone has unleashed another track from the "For Torch and Crown" album. Check out an exclusive premiere of the song "Deepest Red," courtesy of GunShyAssassin, at this location. Vocalist/Guitarist Mutz Hempel explained the story behind "Deepest Red:"

"Ok, the story is about a guy, working the whole day. Every night a strange woman comes by and fucks and sucks for everything he's got to offer. Therefore he is getting more and more exhausted and lacks sleep. Work all day; fuck all night...poor guy. The song is a piss take about the vamp hype that was going on in the past years."

The album's track listing is:

1) Format C
2) Making Believe
3) Deepest Red
4) Zombies in the Moshpit
5) For Torch and Crown
6) Burning Storybook
7) Croak in Your Waste
8) Stick to Yourself
9) Short Way Down
10) Bloody Mary

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Antropomorphia Signs With Metal Blade

Metal Blade Records has issued the following statement about inking a deal with death metal act Antropomorphia:

"Metal Blade is proud to announce the signing of Holland's best kept secret over the past 24 years! AntropomorphiA is legion to Death Metal lunatics of the underground and will infect soon enough all worshippers of classical Death Metal and bands such as BOLT THROWER, GRAVE and AUTOPSY as well as newer high class acts as BLOODBATH or HAIL OF BULLETS.

"AntropomorphiA was created under the influence from bands such as Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Infernäl Mäjesty and Bathory in a tiny town in Holland in 1989.

"Over the years they got more and more brutal, released several demos and the Necromantic Love Songs MCD in 1993, but went on a hiatus in the late 90s since other bands became more important.

"Fast forward 2009 when other projects moved into the background, AntropomorphiA got re-activated. The line-up is still the same, original members, F (vox/guitar), M (drums), S (bass) form the trinity that is AntropomorphiA till this day.

"In early 2011 AntropomorphiA made their first live appearance since 2001 at the Neurotic Deathfest where they put up a convincing brutal show. At the end of 2011 most of the new record was recorded and the band is taking their time to make sure this album is something more, something huge, resulting in Evangelivm Nekromantia - an album consisting of nine tracks, divided into three chapters of each three songs. Lyrically driven by nekrophilae, murder, necromancy and necrolesbian lust. Mastered at Necromorbus Studios by Tore Stjerna." More...

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Bullet Tooth Releases Free Sampler

Bullet Tooth has released a free 10 song 2012 summer sampler featuring bands on the label's roster. Head over to this location to download the sampler (email registration required). The bands on the sampler include:

Dead Icons
Deception Of A Ghost
First Blood
I, Omega
Kid Liberty
Memphis May Fire
Most Precious Blood
Throw The Fight

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Death Valley Driver To Play Envol Macadam Fest

Prince Edward Island metallers Death Valley Driver have just announced they've been added to Envol Macadam Festival in Quebec September 6-8th, 2012 and will be performing alongside such artists as Lagwagon, No Use For a Name, August Burns Red, Lights, Obey the Brave and more on Saturday September 6th.

"This is an amazing opportunity for us. This is our first show outside the Maritimes and I couldn't think of a cooler event to be part of. We are proud to be representing the Island at this great festival," commented singer Dan Hodgson.

Still riding on the success of debut album "Choke the River," the band entered the studio on July 20th to begin recording a sophomore album. Although relatively new to the Canadian metal scene, Death Valley Driver has already shared the stage with the likes of Metallica, Morbid Angel, Coheed and Cambria, 3 Inches of Blood, Cryptopsy, Protest the Hero, Misery Index, Obscura, and many others. More...

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Jar'd Loose Releases New Music Video

MetalInjection has presented the exclusive premiere of Jar'd Loose's video for the song "Coming Like a Nightmare." Check out the video clip at this location or in the player below.

The Chicago band's debut album, "Goes to Purgatory," is out now on Cassette Deck Media. The album was recorded and mixed by Pete Grossman (Weekend Nachos, Harm's Way) and mastered by Carl Saff (Unsane, Red Fang). More...

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Black Abyss Signs With Apostasy Records

Apostasy Records has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Black Abyss:

"After many years in darkness the South German metallers BLACK ABYSS are back with a thunder blast! Later this year the band will be releasing their next explosive album with Apostasy Records.

"Black Abyss played countless shows in nearly all of Europe. Their albums 'Why' (Mainstreet Records), 'Land of Darkness,' (B.O. / Last Episode Records) and 'Angels Wear Black' (Massacre Records) have been sold worldwide and have managed to land in the music charts.

"Details about the new album are coming soon!"

You can also check out music from Black Abyss over at the band's MySpace music page.

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Norther To Split After One Last Show

Finnish metal band Norther has decided to call it quits after sixteen years, leaving behind a legacy of six full length albums, the last of which was the 2011 Century Media Records release "Circle Regenerated." The band announcement reads as follows:

"We hereby announce after a long and careful consideration that we have decided to quit Norther.

"During the last year it has become clear that we are not able to tour or do shows as much as we would want to, this being due to members´complicated and time consuming life situations. We have been forced to find session members and turn down too many gig offers. We simply cannot act as an active and working band and it is clear that these issues are not solved in the future. This is everything but an easy decision for all of us, but all this have taken the band to the point that pulling the plug is the right thing to do. There is no drama, this is a mutual decision and we all remain as good friends. The last show of Norther will be on the 10th of August at Brutal Assault Festival 2012 (CZ).

"However, most of us will continue in other bands: Jukka in Wintersun and Amberian Dawn, Aleksi in Medicated and ASXX, Daniel in Naildown, Heikki in Naildown, Tuoni and Amberian Dawn, and Kristian in his solo project.

"Norther would like to thank especially our FANS, friends and partners for their support for the past 12 years. Also great hails goes to Tomi Luoma, our ex-members Toni Hallio and Petri Lindroos, and producer Anssi Kippo for their contribution. It has been one hell of a ride and together we shared truly unforgettable moments!!

"Thank you,

"Aleksi, Jukkis, Tuomas, Kride, Heikki, Daniel"

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Witchcraft Reveals More Album / Single Details

Swedish psychedelic classic rock act Witchcraft has revealed more info on the band's upcoming single, "It's Not Because Of You." The track comes off the upcoming new album "Legend," which is scheduled to be released on September 21st, 2012 via Nuclear Blast.

"It's Not Because Of You" is going to be released via the band's Facebook profile on Monday, July 30th. The digital release via iTunes as well as the limited 7“ vinyl version is set for Friday, August 17th. More...

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Melechesh Re-Releases Debut Album Digitally

Masters of mesopotamian black / thrash metal, Melechesh, have finally made their debut album "As Jerusalem Burns," available for digital download. The long out of print landmark album can be purchased over at iTunes here. Commented guitarist/singer and mainman Ashmedi:

"Finally available for legal downloading. Our Debut album from 1996, 'As Jerusalem Burns...Al Intisar' means a lot to me, it was recorded with next to nothing budget in the city of Jerusalem and all the odds were against us, at the time no one paid attention to black metal being made in the holy city, with time we changed that.

"We recorded it live to tape so this means we all played at the same time without any breaks in the songs so no room for corrections or to remake one particular part. If we felt there was one little mistake we would re-record the whole song all over again, I think this gave it a sense of authentism. So for now it is available as a digital format and that’s it. Hopefully we will also make it availed on vinyl for the first time.

"Furthermore one day we perhaps might license it on CD for re-release. The music is raw as we intended it to be with hints of middle eastern music. This is Melechesh more than 15 years ago though half of our sophomore album 'Djinn' was written then.“

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Testament Posts More Behind The Scenes Footage

Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament have posted the fifth in-studio video documenting the making of their new album "Dark Roots Of Earth." Check out the clip below.

Two complete tracks off the album: "True American Hate" and "Native Blood," as well as 90 seconds samples of "Rise Up," "Dark Roots Of Earth," and "A Day In The Death" have been made available at this location.

The band’s 10th studio album, "Dark Roots Of Earth," is the first release in over four years following 2008’s "The Formation Of Damnation." "Dark Roots Of Earth" is due out on July 27 via Nuclear Blast Records.

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ProgPower USA 2013 Is A Go

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that the annual festival will return in 2013 amid some initial uncertainty surrounding lackluster ticket sales early on. In the announcement on Facebook, Harveston stated:

"We are happy to announce that ProgPower USA will return for its 14th edition in 2013. Jen & I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to those special patrons, sponsors, & gold badge holders that made it possible. There is not a festival in the entire world with more loyal and dedicated fans. You did your part, so it’s time for me to get busy and do mine. And yes…the tradition of the video roster announcement will continue after Epica’s set."

The 2012 festival commences on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Center Stage in Atlanta with back to back performances by Nightwish with Kamelot on the first two days before the main festival on Friday, September 14th, 2012.

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Orchid Signs With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast is extremely proud to announce the worldwide signing of San Francisco's Orchid. Commented the band:

"After many months of talking to different labels about our future, we’re very excited to announce that we've decided to join forces with Nuclear Blast. We’ve been working on new material on and off for the last year and we’re feeling really good about the new songs. It seems like they're a continuation in the same tradition of the material on our first full length, 'Capricorn,' but also, show some new sides of our music that should surprise everyone and show that Orchid isn't a band that just wants to keep making the same album over and over. We're really excited for everyone to hear it!“

Commented Nuclear Blast head of A&R, Andy Siry: "Ever since we first heard of Orchid and witnessed their perfect way of bringing back the glorious days of rock music, we knew we had to work with this amazing band. After meeting them on their most recent European tour we literally were blown away by their stunningly intense performance! So here we are, proud as f*ck, welcoming one of the most hopefully and authentic bands to the Nuclear Blast family. Every single one at the label loves ORCHID and so will you! CHECK THEM OUT!"

Nuclear Blast also issued the following history of the band: More...

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Deeds Of Flesh Announces Lineup Changes

Deeds of Flesh founding member Erik Lindmark has issued the following announcement about taking over all vocal duties and parting ways with Corey Athos:

"As many know a couple years back we did a drastic member change where I decided to go from doing both vocals and guitar to just guitar and backing vocals and adding Corey Athos, Flesh Consumed to the line up. Corey was going to take over basically all of the vocal duties allowing me to concentrate more on just playing guitar & doing some back ups here and there.

"We thought this would be a good move allowing the vocals to be more aggressive and in your face like on our last release 'Of What's to Come,' we made the decision while writing this album which is why you hear the progression in both vocals and guitar work from our previous releases.

"This would also allow myself to get a bit more technical and crazy on the guitar work as you hear with the added leads and over writing on OWTC. Unfortunately the years of playing has taken its toll on my left or fret arm and I have been diagnosed with a severe level of tendonitis. Recording is not an issue because songs are broken up into small sections and I am still recording on the new release 'Portals to Canaan' but live is an issue.

"If I play for more then about 2 minutes straight I get an overwhelming amount of pain in my fret arm and can no longer put any pressure on the neck and have to stop. This in turn live would leave nothing for me to do if Corey is doing vocals and I need to be replaced on guitar. So what we have decided is I will be doing all vocals live but not playing guitar. Might be a bit weird but it's either that or quit which I do not want to do.

"On future releases I will still contribute to the writing process and recording so I won't be completely out of the loop as far as guitar work goes. Inevitably this means Corey will not be part of the current line. He put in a tremendous amount of effort on the lyrics for Portals to Canaan and will get writing credits in the release. We wish him the best with Flesh Consumed and all other future projects.

"This was a very difficult decision for me but I feel it is the only decision to move forward with Deeds of Flesh. I am trying to remedy the situation but we are planning on touring for the new release next year and didn't want this to be a surprise so thought this should be brought on now rather then later. Hit us up and let us know what you think."

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Valor Announces New Album

Greek act Valor recently announced the band has finished the mixing process for upcoming new album "The Yonder Answer," with the mastering to begin soon.

According to a statement from the band, "The Yonder Answer" will feature 10 songs unified by a common concept. The album was recorded at Hideout Studios with the producer Kostas Rigopoulos. Further details will be announced as they are made available.

To check out Valor's music, and find more info on the band, head over to the group's official Facebook profile here.

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Blessed By A Broken Heart Splits With Vocalist

Rock/metal act Blessed By A Broken Heart has announced that vocalist Tony Gambino will be leaving the band for personal reasons. Stepping up to the mic to replace him will be current guitarist Sam Ryder, who brings with him Gambino’s endorsement.

You can watch a full statement from him in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the situation:

"By filling the vacant position of singer from within, the international shred-metal group can ensure fans of a fluid, flawless transition into the next era of Blessed By A Broken Heart’s music. Driving that point home is the release of a previously unheard track, 'Out of Control' - featuring vocals from the newly promoted Sam Ryder - that illustrates in no uncertain terms his talent and capability as the band’s new frontman. Listen to 'Out of Control' on YouTube now!" More...

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Crystallion Announces New Album Title

German act Crystallion has posted the following message online about progress on the band's new album:

"Album News: The most important first: The final mix is about to finish this week, and we have decided to change the album title in 'KILLER.'

"Sound files will be presented as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience, the wait is coming to an end very soon!"

For more info on Crystallion, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.

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Night Terrain Streaming Entire Album

The full-length debut release, "American Dream," from post doom band Night Terrain is streaming over at Bandcamp. The New Mexico band that is Night Terrain came to be when guitarist Dave joined up with drummer Joe and bassist James in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains by Albuquerque to create ambient metal. The ten track album "American Dream" is also streaming below.

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Brume d'Automne Streaming Single

GunShyAssassin.com has posted an exclusive stream of "Le Lieu de la Vengeance" from Québec's Brume d'Automne. The track comes off the band's self-titled release, which came out on June 12th via Sepulchral Productions. To check out the song, which breeds primal intensity with bleak atmosphere, visit this location. Brume d'Automne is one of the forerunners of the "Métal Noir Québécois" movement, Athros (Forteresse/Ur Falc'h) and Nordet (Ur Falc'h) returning seven years after their debut album "Fiers et Victorieux" with this second album.


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Blood Ceremony To Play Noctis V Metalfest

Toronto's Blood Ceremony has issued the following announcement about playing the upcoming Noctis V Metalfest:

"We're confirmed to play this year's Noctis V Metalfest in Calgary, AB on Thursday, September 27. The weekend line-up of bands and speakers is devastating (VENOM, MANILLA ROAD, MIDNIGHT, etc.) so you don't want to miss this!

Tickets go on sale this Friday at this location. The festival Facebook page is here. Hails & Horns...."

The occult rock act's latest full-length album was the 2011 release "Living With the Ancients" (reviewed here).

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Rock Band To Be Removed From iTunes App Store

With the expiration of a licensing agreement with Harmonix looming, Electronic Arts will be removing the Rock Band and Rock Band Reloaded games from the iTunes App Store at the end of July. Games and downloadable songs (DLC) downloaded before July 31 will still be playable on your device. EA recommends that customers make an iCloud backup of their apps and DLC to ensure they'll be accessible past the end of this month when this content is removed from the iTunes store.

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Dew Scented Streaming Entire New Album

It's only a few more days until the new Dew-Scented album, "Icarus", hits European & North American stores. Since July 27/30 marks the release in Europe via Metal Blade Records and July 31 the release in North America via Prosthetic Records, the band is happy to announce that there is a promotional full album stream available starting today.

Enjoy "Icarus" via the European stream presented by Rock Hard Magazine or the North American stream presented by Invisible Oranges.

Dew-Scented comments: "Here it is, at last! We are stoked to be able to present you the full 'Icarus' album to check out! We are truly satisfied with what we achieved on this record and hope you will enjoy the music as much as we do! This is our take on modern, authentic and relentlessly deadly Thrash Metal…it's certainly not for the faint-hearted, but we suppose you weren't expecting anything else by DEW-SCENTED?!"

Don't miss the band on stage at the following next shows:

11/08/12 – NL – Leeuwarden – Into The Grave Festival
12/08/12 – DE – Berlin – Postbahnhof + Six Feet Under & Deadborn
13/08/12 – DE – München – Backstage + Six Feet Under & Deadborn
14/08/12 – CH – Pratteln – Galery + Six Feet Under & Deadborn
15/08/12 – DE – Essen – Turock + Six Feet Under, Gorguts & Deadborn
16/08/12 – NL – Kerkrade – Rock Temple + Six Feet Under & Deadborn
17/08/12 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze Festival
18/08/12 – DE – Hamburg – Grünspan + Six Feet Under & Deadborn

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Pit Stories: Chair-Meets-Head / Pit Revelations

Every week, we catch up with band members and metal fans to get their best stories from live shows. Many bands and fans alike share a fascination for the myriad ways that crowd members can express their love of the music through brutality in the pit. Other bands would rather see the look of a deep emotional connection with the music on the faces of the crowd rather than blood running down their faces. MetalUnderground.com writer Frank Serafine interviewed three Impending Doom bandmates at a Nashville tour stop, who share three stories as well as what they really like to see at a show. More...

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Liv Kristine Streaming Teaser From New Album

Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes) has issued the following update about streaming a teaser online for her new solo album:

"Dear fans & friends, time is running - I am counting the days to the release of 'Libertine.' The good news is that you now can have a listen to a teaser on my FB Bandpage containing the title track 'Libertine!'

"Moreover, you can pre-order my album here on Amazon and Nuclear Blast. Have a fantastic week!" More...

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Scelerata Posts New Music Video

Brazil's Scelerata posted a new music video for the track "Rising Sun." The song appears on the band's third and latest LP "The Sniper," which was produced by Charlie Bauerfiend (Motörhead/Helloween/Blind Guardian/Halford/Angra/Rage) and guitarist Renato Osorio. "The Sniper" was just released through Voice Music. For more information on where to purchase the album in your country, head over to this location. For North American fans, "The Sniper" will be available in September/October 2012 through Nightmare Records.

The track list for "The Sniper" is as follows:

1. Rising Sun
2. In My Blood (Feat. Paul Di'Anno) (streaming here)
3. Road to Death
4. Breaking the Chains
5. Unmasking Lies
6. Must Be Dreaming (Feat. Andi Deris) (streaming here)
7. Drowned in Madness
8. Welcome Home
9. 'Til the Day We Die
10. Money Painted Red
11. The Sniper

Check out "Rising Sun" here: More...

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Children Of Bodom Issues Tour Recap

Children of Bodom's Jaska Raatikainen has checked in with the following tour recap, with features additional information about front man Alexi Laiho's hospital stay in Norway:

"I am writing this last blog of the summer tour little late but wanted to tell about what happened in the last days on it. It feels different now when everything happened a few weeks ago. Luckily we were so close to end and had a chance to play most of the shows. Unfortunately the shows in Oslo and Malmö were canceled, as well as one of the two festivals we were supposed to play in Finland. Canceling a show is always such an unpleasant thing to do and it is frustrating when it happens. COB is not a band that easily cancels a show.

"The half way of the tour is usually the worst and toughest one. You know how long you have already been on tour and you know what there is yet to come. This tour was quite easy and short for us and like I told before I enjoy touring in Europe especially in the summer, although I got a little sick at some point, which was not that nice. When the tour is coming to its end I start hoping that there would be little more nice countries and cities you could visit. You hope it wouldn´t have ended so soon.

"We played this one festival, Basinfirefest in Czech Rebublik. It was weird mix of folk and metal festivals. Very hot and nice athmosphere though. Good crowd. Finnish band called Apocalyptica also played there after us and it was nice to see friends playing.

"The next day I woke up to bright sunshine. It didn´t only look hot outside, it really was very hot. We were in Dischingen at the festival called Rock Am Härtsfeldsee. Nice little village festival again. That day we did a signing session which was something special to our normal daily routines. Only funny thing was that almost every fan spoke German to us. When we spoke English to them they were quiet or kept talking German. I learned the basics of German in school and we have had German crew guys so we all understand something.

"During the night heavy thunder storm covered the whole festival area. We heard that some people were injured by some flying items. Fortunately nothing serious happened. Also a good thing was that the show was in a tent and they collected all the people inside and closed it totally. We started at midnight. We were tired but happy that everybody was there and enjoying. That night there was supposed to be a shower at some gym hall but the local promoter turned that to a shelter for campers. Kindly thought, of course, but also it meant that me and Henkka had to take showers with the garden hose behind a bus. Cold, but did the job nicely. And yes, we were naked hoping the guys from Rage wouldn´t come out from their bus, because it was behind their bus where we were hiding. More...

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A Riot In Moscow Releases EP Teaser

Florida death metal act A Riot In Moscow has released a teaser trailer for the band's upcoming new EP "Homeland Invasion." Check out the clip below. For more info on A Riot In Moscow, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. The band also commented:

"A Riot In Moscow is a 5 piece progressive death metal outfit from Port St.Lucie, Florida founded in late 2010. From death metal & hardcore to complex poly rhythms and pummeling blast beats. We are here to create something different."

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Seamless Posts New Song Online

Arkansas five piece Seamless has posted a new song online titled "ARBTR," which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:

"At long last we present the first new official track since our album release. This is the first song with our new lineup and hopefully a sign of what is to come! Featuring some killer guest vocals from Dylan Johnson from The Science Of Sleep, we give you ARBTR!" More...

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Rage Nucleaire Reveals New Album Release

As announced last month, Rage Nucleaire's debut album is entitled "Unrelenting Fucking Hatred." This raw manifesto of black metal has been scheduled for an October 19th release (November 6th in North America).

The cover artwork and tracklisting will be unveiled later in the summer. A 2-LP edition will be available in North America, strictly limited to 300 copies, and available through Season of Mist's e-shop.

"If anyone had ever told me that someday I'd be signed to Season of Mist, I'd have laughed at them," guitarist Dark Rage comments. "The point is, being accepted into the SoM family, along with such ungodly notables as Arckanum, Mayhem, and Deathspell Omega, is like being given a Sith name - it feels great to be part of SoM's evil empire."

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October File Writing Concept Record

October File has announced plans to retreat to write a concept album and release a live record. The band commented:

"After a busy summer of shows with Fear Factory and Prong, and some smashing festivals – Hellfest being the highlight – we are now going to bury ourselves in our fourth studio album.

"The album is entitled 'The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair - An Introspective of the Human Condition.' It will be a concept album based on the contents of the aforementioned title. Taking a look at the human state, what we see and what we feel in certain situations, and how we look at things totally uniquely. We hope that the album will see the light of day in March 2013 on the Candlelight label. More information as we see fit to release it.

"In the meantime we will release a live album/DVD with the performance taken from last year’s Bloodstock Festival. It will come as a limited edition of 1000 only CD/DVD sets and will be entitled 'Renditions in Juxtaposition – Live At Bloodstock.' Vinyl rights are being negotiated with a label, more on that when we have the information. The CD/DVD will be released via the Candlelight label on 22nd October 2012.

"Some one-off shows, etc. will happen, details when we have them… stay safe, it’s a dangerous world."

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Periphery Comments On "Froggin' Bullfish"

In the daily track-by-track breakdown of new album "Periphery II," the band has now reached the 12th track titled "Froggin' Bullfish." Periphery's Misha Mansoor comments on the track:

"I originally wrote this song in 2009 on a whim one day. I believe Tom Murphy was supposed to come over to work on some songs, but ended up canceling on me leaving me with nothing to do, so I decided to record on my own. It was a while ago, so I don't really remember exactly what I was going for, but i really dug the idea of a song having a nice triplet/shuffle feel to it, and I also remember thinking the song was sounding pretty Nobuo-ish at times, so I definitely ran with that. I'll admit that the middle part of the song is heavily influenced by the FF7 slums theme (Where Cloud goes dress shopping) because it felt oh so right haha. It kinda sat there for a while, as this was before Spencer was in the band, and none of our previous singers felt inspired by it, but when Spencer first took a stab at it he ended up demoing ideas that really breathed new life into the song, and those ideas made it to the final version. This is another song that he just manages to hit all the notes I wanted to hear, and it made it feel like a fresh song even though the original arrangement was untouched. It is definitely one of the quirkier songs on the album overall, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is a song has to grow on the listener for them to really get into it, but this is one of my favorite songs that Periphery has put out just because it really doesn't sound like anything else we have done to me, and I don't even know how I would ever approach writing a song in this style again." More...

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Abyss Records Launches Summer Of Sickness Series

To help celebrate Abyss Records' Summer of Sickness 2012 Campaign in which six albums from some of the underground's finest were released over the course of six weeks, Bravewords.com has launched a series of exclusive track streams from each of the albums. Part one in the series features "Skinned, to Feel All" from "Odd Ethics," the new EP from Italian death metal act Humangled.

The title track from "Reflections of A Psychotic Past," the first album in two decades from Indy-based crossover death-thrashers Radiation Sickness, is also streaming at the site. To access the streams visit this location and click the launch button on the upper left hand side. Abyss Records' Summer of Sickness Campaign will also see streams from the recent releases of Fetus Stench, Corrosive Carcass, SouthWicked and the Rocking Corpses over the course of the next few weeks.


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Baroness Releases Music Video, BBC Sessions

Baroness, which recently released new album "Yellow & Green" (reviewed here), recorded a four-song BBC Session while in London earlier this month. Listeners can tune in via the BBC website at this location.

The set, which includes "Take My Bones Away," "March to the Sea," "Cocainium," and "The Line Between," was recorded at Maida Vale Studios in London on July 13th.

The official live music video for "Take My Bones Away" also premieres today on Rolling Stone's website here.

Baroness is in the midst of a seven-week trek across Europe, and a North American tour for fall will be announced soon. Tour dates are: More...

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Helstar To Release "30 Years Of Hel"

The ultimate anniversary album for all Helstar fans, "30 Years Of Hel," will be made available as a special 2CD + 1DVD set on August 31st in Europe and October 2nd in North America. The package will contain concert footage of the band's 30-year-anniversary hometown show at Warehouse Live in Houston, Texas on March 24th, 2012.

This is the band's only official live release and includes a unique twenty-song performance featuring material spanning the entire Helstar discography, plus behind the scenes extras, interviews with each band member, photography, and more. Helstar also has an upcoming run of 30th anniversary tour dates starting in late August.

The "30 Years of Hel" track listing is:

01. Angels Fall To Hell
02. Toward The Unknown
03. Suicidal Nightmare
04. The King Is Dead
05. Burning Star
06. To Sleep Per Chance To Scream
07. The Plague Called Man
08. Evil Reign
09. Monarch Of Bloodshed
10. Winds Of War
11. Good Day To Die
12. Wicked Disposition
13. Pandemonium
14. Bitter End
15. Harker's Tale
16. Angel Of Death
17. Baptized In Blood
18. Alma Negra
19. The King Of Hell
20. Run With The Pack More...

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Memoira Recruits New Guitarist

After splitting with the band's previous guitarist back in March, Finnish act Memoira has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new member:

"We are thrilled to announce that the guitarist search is now over! Jarkko Kokko is the new guitarist of Memoira! Everyone in the band is so happy to welcome Jarkko to be the newest member of Memoira.

"When Jarkko promised to fill those couple of live dates we all knew that Jarkko was and is a very talented musician and a great guy, but after the first rehearsals with him we were all just one big smile cause we knew we had found exactly what we were looking for!

"And as far as the songwriting goes, with Jarkko being in the band it opens a whole lot of new doors!"

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Eluveitie Streaming Re-Recorded Track "Lament"

Swiss folk masters Eluveitie are streaming the newly re-recorded song "Lament" which appears on the band's 10th Anniversary 2CD digipak entitled "The Early Years." The release will contain the debut full length "Spirit" along with the fully re-recorded version of the debut release/EP "Vên" (on which "Lament" originally appeared). The band re-recorded the EP with Coroner guitarist Tommy Vetterli (a/k/a Tommy T. Baron) at Newsound Studio. "The Early Years" is slated for an August 17, 2012 release date through Nuclear Blast.

Check out the "Lament" here:

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Threshold Streaming New Track "Ashes"

U.K. progressive metal band Threshold is streaming the radio edit of the new track "Ashes" from the upcoming album "March of Progress." The album is set for release on August 31, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album marks the studio return of original vocalist Damian Wilson, who rejoined the band after the passing of Andrew McDermott last year.

The track listing for "March Of Progress" is as follows:

1. Ashes
2. Return Of The Thought Police
3. Staring At The Sun
4. Liberty Complacency Dependency
5. Colophon
6. The Hours
7. That's Why We Came
8. Don't Look Down
9. Coda
10. Rubicon
11. Divinity (Bonus Track)

Check out the "Ashes" here: More...

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Beto Vázquez Infinity Announces New LP

Argentinian composer Beto Vázquez announced that the new Beto Vázquez Infinity album will be entitled "Existence, Pt. II," the follow up to "Existence" released in 2010, and issued this year through Icewarrior Records. No release date for the album was announced. Vázquez is known for recruiting multiple guest appearances. The first announced guest on "Existence, Pt. II" is Luca Turilli's Rhapsody guitarist Dominique Leurquin.

The track listing for "Existence, Pt. II" is as follows:

1. Eyes of Destiny
2. Cold Soul
3. Endless Tears
4. Epic Travel
5. Arwen Song
6. Watching You
7. The Vortex
8. Earth
9. Ghost Of Time
10. To Live for The King - Bonustrack
11. The Rise Of Sodom And Gomorrah (Bonus Track) More...

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